Older people are growing in prevalence and their nutrition-related concerns adversely impact upon health, function, and life quality. Changes in body composition and organ system function alter nutrient requirements. The purpose of this review is to examine changes in nutritional requirements with aging and to highlight practical approaches to nutritional screening, assessment, and intervention. A multidisciplinary approach with individualized care is recommended, Health care providers who work with older people must be attentive to nutrition, because appreciable comorbidity and unfavorable outcomes may accompany either under- or overnutrition.
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